Fish Fillet Sandwich – A True Happy Meal!

Fish Fillet Sandwich – A True Happy Meal!

How many nights in your week are played like this?

  • Fly in from hauling kiddos to piano lessons, the gas station, library & the grocery store
  • No yummy smells from a pre-planned & cooked meal are greeting us as we come in the kitchen
  • Kids are hungry
  • Dinner time is in 5 minutes
  • Didn’t buy anything at the groc. for dinner ((oops))
  • The gutter repair people ring the doorbell as I am rushing to throw something in the oven 


Beer-battered cod to the rescue! This frozen fish is one of my favorite freezer staples. I usually try to have 2 boxes on hand. ((I get these at Sam’s))


But I can’t stop with fish – I have a compulsion to make an entire meal, not just a protein. So I whipped up a simple homemade tartar sauce, using 2 scant T of lite mayo & low-fat buttermilk as the base. ((It became the star of the meal — so good!))


Using some of my fresh herbs, capers, a pickle spear and a few dashes of lemon pepper – I whipped up a fresh tartar sauce even the kiddos liked!


Another one of my favorite freezer staples in Sister Schubert’s Dinner Rolls. I love the pretzel rolls, wheat dinner rolls, sweet Hawaiian rolls are also tasty! ((Actually the entire line of Sister Schubert’s Rolls are delicious — the pan cinnamon rolls make my mouth water just thinking about them…))


The fish takes 18 minutes to bake according to the package directions – and in 19 minutes dinner is served. ((REALLY!)) Once the sauce is made ((which I mix together while the fish is in the oven)) and the fish is perfectly baked hot & crisp – time to assemble!


This meal – is one of my family’s “Happy Meals”!

  • the kiddos love this meal ((no tears))
  • the momma loves that the kiddos love it
  • it is a great ‘fast meal’ option without eating fast-food!
  • the mom & dad love it too
  • oh – and clean-up is a breeze!

Keeping a few items stocked in your freezer can help keep your family around the dinner table on those busy nights! I hope this recipe and these freezer food suggestions will help you out the next time you need a ‘fast food happy meal’ at your dinner table.

Fish Fillet Mini Sandwich with Caper Lemon Pepper Tartar Sauce
Serves 6
The best fish fillet sandwich, using a tasty beer-battered cod, served with a simple, restaurant-style tartar sauce. Serving good food fast to a hungry family -- without using a drive-thru lane!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
403 calories
26 g
123 g
13 g
43 g
7 g
284 g
1172 g
3 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 403
Calories from Fat 118
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 123mg
Sodium 1172mg
Total Carbohydrates 26g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 43g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 10-12 Sister Schubert's rolls (I used the original yeast dinner roll)
  2. 10-12 Beer battered Cod fillets
  3. 5-6 slices of cheddar cheese (I used a sharp cheddar)
Tartar Sauce
  1. 2 (scant) T Hellman's light mayonnaise
  2. 6 oz low-fat buttermilk
  3. 1 T capers, finely chopped
  4. 1 dill pickle spear, finely diced
  5. 2 T fresh dill, finely chopped
  6. 1 T fresh chives, finely chopped
  7. 1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
  8. 1/2 t lemon pepper seasoning blend (more or less to taste)
  9. 1/2 t steakhouse seasoning blend (McCorminck's Montreal steak seasoning is my favorite)
  1. Bake fish according to package directions. Heat rolls according to package directions*. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the tartar sauce ingredients. Once the fish is done baking & the rolls are heated, remove from the oven. Slice the rolls almost in half, but keep the top attached to the bottom. Place a piece of fish inside the roll, top with half of a cheese slice (I halved them diagonally) and a dollop of tartar sauce. Serve with fresh fruit and a side of chips.
  1. I just popped the rolls onto the bottom rack of the oven during the last 2 minutes of the fish baking time.
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